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St Albans election candidates to help fight for lower train fares

16 March 2010
Parliamentary candidates for St Albans will be at the train station Thursday 18 March, asking passengers to sign up for cheaper fares [1]. Liberal Democrat candidate Sandy Walkington and Labour candidate Roma Mills will be with the executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, Stephen Joseph, who lives in St Albans. They will be wearing giant train tickets as they talk to passengers and give out campaign postcards.

Both parliamentary candidates support the campaign’s call for a review of rail fares, but the local MP has not yet signed up to this call [2].

Stephen Joseph, executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Passengers in St Albans know that train fares are far too high. I’m glad that both Sandy and Roma want to see a review of rail fares regulation. If we want to reduce traffic and cut carbon emissions, the green option needs to be the easy option." [3,4,5].

Notes to editors:

[1] Campaign for Better Transport will be outside St Albans station from 7.30 – 9.30am on Thursday 18 March 2010.

[2] http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/train-fares/mps-rail-review

[3] Train fares have risen by 13% in real terms since 1997. (Hansard, 5 Feb 2010 : Column 534W.)  

[4] Only 45% of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of their rail ticket. (Passenger Focus, National Passenger Survey, Autumn 2009.)

[5] High fares are passengers’ top priority for improvement. (Passenger Focus, Passengers’ priorities for improvements in rail services, July 2007.)